Scottish red meat imports thriving

Uel Morton (left), Chief Executive of QMS, pictured with Jim Mclaren, Chairman of QMS, at Anuga
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The annual survey of Scottish red meat exporters by QMS has revealed a 4.3% increase in the total red meat exported from Scotland for the year ending September 2015 to approximately £76.6 million (excluding fifth-quarter value).

Beef represented 55% of the total red meat exported from Scotland, with lamb accounting for 45%.

Speaking at Anuga in Cologne, QMS chairman Jim Mclaren praised the steady growth.

“While there is demand from overseas customers for the very top end of quality products from Scotland, there is also encouraging volume demand from overseas markets for fifth-quarter and lower-value products. This is good news in terms of optimising returns for the whole carcase.”

He added that it was vital that the Scottish industry continued to meet the demands of overseas markets for high-quality produce.

According to QMS processor research, France is still the main importer of red meat from Scotland, accounting for £37.5m of total exports, while other major countries importing from Scotland are Belgium (£10.5m) and The Netherlands (£10.4m) which has increased 43% year on year.

The total value of red meat exports to Italy was £8.8m (up by 8% year on year) and the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) also accounted for £8.8m of total exports.

Around £3.1m of red meat from Scotland was exported to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with third countries (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Northern America) accounting for a total of £1.4m.

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